Friday, 27 May 2011

Pakistani Military Team In India To Snatch Siachen Peacefully

After a gap of three years, Defence Secretaries of India and Pakistan would meet on Monday for fresh rounds of talks on the Siachen issue.

"The two day-long talks will start from 30 May. Indian delegation would be led by Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and members of the team include Special Secretary R K Mathur, Director General of Military Operations Lt General AM Verma and the Surveyor General S Subha Rao," defence ministry officials said here.

The Pakistan delegation will be led by Defence Secretary Lt General (retd) Syed Ather Ali. The Pakistani team includes Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Maj Gen Munwar Ahmed Solehri and Maj Gen (Retd) Mir Haider Ali Khan.

The Defence Secretary level talks between the two countries to resolve the Siachen issue dates back to 1985.

The decision to hold talks was taken by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Pakistan President Gen Zia-ul-Haq at Oman and New Delhi.

The talks became a part of the composite dialogue with Pakistan, on all issues including Kashmir, from the eighth round of talks in August 2004 in New Delhi. Eleven rounds of talks have been held so far.
It was decided by the two countries to resume the bilateral dialogue on all outstanding issues following the meetings of the Prime Ministers in Thimpu in April 201.

The Siachen issue is historical in nature. The Cease Fire Line (CFL) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir were delineated by the Karachi Agreement 1949 and the Shimla Agreement 1972 respectively up to point NJ 9842. The area beyond this point has remained un-delineated. This has led to different interpretations. The Karachi Agreement describes the CFL up to point NJ 9842 and mentions that ‘it thereafter lies northwards towards the glaciers’. Similarly the Shimla Agreement is also silent on the delineation beyond NJ 9842. Pakistan claims that the line joins NJ 9842 with the Karakoram Pass, which is North-West of NJ 9842. The Indian position is that the line runs towards the glaciers along the watersheds formed by the Saltoro Range as per the internationally accepted principle of border delineation.